Today, I happened upon a court document, at http://www.kccllc.net/giordanos/document/1106098110317000000000003
, that listed the top thirty creditors in the Giordano's bankruptcy proceeding. I had seen the top four creditors (Saputo, Greco & Sons, Heinz, and Tardella Foods) in other court filings, but the fifth name on the list, Columbus Food Company, was a name that I had not seen before. So, I did a Google search and found the company at http://www.columbusvegoils.com/
. As can be seen at that link, Columbus Food Company sells vegetable oils and related products like shortening (but not margarine products). One of the Columbus oils is soybean oil, which is the oil that Giordano's has told us is used to make their dough for stuffed pizza. Soybean oil is listed in the Columbus pdf document at http://www.columbusvegoils.com/site/files/986/147088/487978/677635/Product_List_-_Columbus_Vegetable_Oils.pdf
Having identified Columbus, I then decided to see what oils Greco & Sons carries, if any. As can be seen at http://net3.necs.com/grecoandsons/search?offset=0&limit=100&col=item_no&dir=ASC&terms=oil&queryCol=
, Greco & Sons carries two soybean oils. And both are identified as Columbus products. So, it is likely that, at least at the time of the Giordano's bankruptcy proceedings, Giordano's was using soybean oil from Columbus. As best I can tell from the Tardella Foods website, they do not stock vegetable oils.
I also looked into some of the other food/pizza related creditors in the list referenced above. I did not see anything to suggest sources of ingredients used to make pizza dough. However, one interesting name on the creditors list is Periship. As can be seen from the Periship website at http://www2.periship.com/
, that company provides solutions for shipping perishable foods. Most likely Giordano's uses Periship to help them devise solutions for shipping their mail-order pizzas.
While I was at the Greco & Sons website, I decided to check to see if they carry sugar products, since sugar is one of the ingredients used to make the dough for the stuffed Giordano's pizzas. As can be seen at http://net3.necs.com/grecoandsons/search?terms=sugar
, they do. They also sell salt, as noted at http://net3.necs.com/grecoandsons/search?terms=salt
All of the fingers seem to point to Greco & Sons as a supplier of many of Giordano's ingredient needs. The fact that Greco & Sons was the second largest credirtor claimant in the Giordano's bankruptcy proceeding seems to support this suspicion on my part.
One of the remaining open questions is the flour now used by Giordano's and from which miller.
The plot thickens.